Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani greets supporters during her announcement to enter the Nevada gubernatorial race on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Photo by Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent.

The Nevada State Education Association’s PAC is releasing another ad painting Chris Giunchigliani as the true progressive in the Democratic gubernatorial primary against fellow Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.

The new ad titled “Next” will start running Thursday with slightly different versions in the Reno and Las Vegas media markets. It’s part of a seven-figure TV buy the state teachers’ union announced last week.

It features a woman doing online research about the two candidates after seeing a commercial featuring Sisolak.

“Steve Sisolak. He seems all right. Let’s take a look,” she says.

The search pulls up posts that say “Sisolak Killed New Funding for Schools” and “Steve Sisolak Voted for Development Near Red Rock After Taking Campaign Cash,” and noting Sisolak got an A- from the National Rifle Association — identical to statements that appear on NSEA’s Strong Public Schools Nevada PAC website.

When the actress searches for Giunchigliani, the search pulls up pages that say she was a teacher, supports school funding and she stands up to the NRA.

“Chris G’s a real progressive. Works for me,” the actress says.

A poll taken earlier this month shows Giunchigliani is far behind the better-funded Sisolak, who has been running commercials for months, unveils his fifth ad on Thursday and has higher name recognition.

The NSEA and its estranged local affiliate, the Clark County Education Association, have endorsed different candidates in the primary.


Disclosure: NSEA, Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani have donated to The Nevada Independent. You can see a full list of donors here.

This post was updated at 11:50 a.m. on May 3, 2018 to clarify the source of statements about Sisolak that appear in ad.

INDY FAST FACTS Steve Sisolak Job: Clark County commission chairman Party: Democrat In current office: 2009-present Commission chairman since 2013 Birthdate: December 26, 1953 Education: University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (B.S.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.B.A.) Other public offices held: Nevada System of Higher Education Regent (1999-2009) Total donations: $9,643,393 (1/12/11-5/31/18) Top donors: MGM Resorts International $174,359 Station Casinos/Zuffa: $90,000 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Fidelity National $61,600 Marnell Companies LLC $55,000
INDY FAST FACTS Chris Giunchigliani Job: Clark County Commissioner Party: Democrat In current office: 2007-present Birthdate: November 27, 1954 Education: Avila College (B.A.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.A.) Other public offices held: State Assemblywoman, District 9 (1991-2006) Total donations: $2,895,818 (5/08/13-6/7/18) Top donors: Giunchigliani (Chris, Jeanne, JM, Larry, Myrna, Ellen): $65,000 MGM Resorts International $43,165 Caesars Entertainment $35,000 Buck and Aurora Wong $30,000 South Point Hotel & Casino/F&M Advertising $30,000
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